Stamping, part of the printmaking family, always fascinates children. There’s something magical and mysterious about the process, never being sure of the result until the stamp is lifted. Moving beyond the simple rubber stamps and inkpads students may have experienced before to new materials opens a world of opportunities for them to explore.
Tip – it is always best to use a very thin layer of paint for dipping the stamper in. Too thick a layer will gum up the stamper and make a muddy/blurry print. This is true for all stamping, no matter the type of stamper being used.
Texture stamping. For our youngest stampers, we’ve found these great stampers that allow children to have fun with the unpredictable and satisfying effects of printmaking, as well as introduce the idea of texture.
Each child selects one stamper from our “supply table” and then stamps with it. After a few minutes, we have them trade with their neighbor to try another design. While they are stamping, we discuss the shapes made by the different textures on the stamps.Apple stamping. We do this in the fall, when apples are in season.
Other ways are to just leave them in complete halves, or use forks.
When preparing the apples for stamping, cut some in half horizontally and some vertically so that there are different shapes. A horizontal cut makes a rounder shape, with a star design in the center from the seed holes. Vertical is a more oblong shape, and is hit or miss with any seed hole shapes.Kids love to create with any type of food!
Create your own stamper. For kids K and up, this is a great multi-step project. They get to create their own stamper and then stamp with it.
As with all of our stamping, we like to use paper plates for the dipping paint. It’s easy to create thin layers of paint on them, and the cleanup is simple. We also like to use a few different coordinating colors on these plates, so the children get to see color mixing in action as they print.